Our new project for Mighty Quinn's, on the corner of 2nd Ave. and 6th Street New York City, has begun construction and is moving along quickly. This front window will soon be a glass overhead door:
The building has an interesting footnote in rock history, as the Fillmore East was the neighboring building. A well know fire occured in our building, in 1968, causing the abrupt ending of a concert by The Who:
Grand opening is planned for around Thanskgiving. Jusrt outside the front door is a "historic marker" for the Fillmore created by the wonderful Jim Power, The Mosaic Man:
As for the Fillmore, not a trace remains:
His sculpture "Carnegie" outside the Carnegie Museums:
The gap in the plates:
The original building was designed by Robert Mills, the first american architect born and trained in this country. The interiors have been sensitively renovated for the display of art and artifacts:
But the real stunner is the courtyard. Here Foster and gang enclosed court with a freestanding, undulating, structure that is barely visible from the outside, and thrilling on the inside:
Preservation and modernism can lead to great spaces.
Downtown Long Beach was deserted on a Tuesday morning, but the transit hub had some activity. There I found Bikestation A really cool, smart, building for use by bike commuters. Designed by Fernando Vasquez Studio, it is right next to the Blue Line station, which runs along street level at the Long Beach terminus. Surrounded by a garden the building is a glass envelope shielded from the sun with vertical aluminum extrudes:
Pow- front door:
The inner ramp leads up to the upper floor storage area:
It looks like it could be modulized for other sites. Nice to see:
We just completed our plans for a new prototype house to be built by the Trenton affiliate of Habitat for Humanity. Breaking with their previous direction of a more suburban model, the Board of Directors and the Construction Committee both agreed to let us design a new, simpler model that is fast to construct and is very energy efficient. The exterior shell is constructed of 6 1/2" Structural Insulated Panels (or SIPs) which will provide a tight and well insulated enclosure. The use of SIPs should also decrease the overall construction time and allow Habitat to complete more houses in a year.
This initial design is for a detached single family residence, and later iterations of this will include attached single family (or duplex) and a row-house model. This project is being sponsored by Bloomberg and we hope to start construction this summer, pending approval by the City of Trenton. Check back for updates!
We are going to try a regular entry to our blog by highlighting buildings that either impress us, we find simply striking, or blow our minds.
First up are our designs by our friends at Bohlin Cywinski Jackson who have been designing Apple Stores for many years. I have had the pleasure of visiting all the flagship stores in New York, and it is hard to say which one is my favorite.
The first one was the conversion of an abandoned post office on Spring Street in the Soho area. That's Ethan on the bridge:
The next location is probably the most well known- 5th Avenue at the Plaza. If you have a craving for Mac @ midnight (I don't mean mac 'n cheese), this is the place:
A riot of glass & reflection:
On 14th street, and old warehouse building was converted to the next store. I think the building renovation is as equally spectacular as the stair. The view from Pop Burger- delicious:
I still wonder how dropped gloves are removed from the central glass support:
Cal on the bridge:
The newest store on on Broadway in the Upper West Side. These stores get more elegent, striking and simple with each new one:
Last week the Tranton Chapter of Habitat-For-Humanity received approvals from the Trenton Zoning Commission for a small, infill, house project that we designed for them. It will be their first house constructed using SIP's and we are hoping it becomes their new "standard".
Here is the street view showing the covered, recessed, entry door:
The facade will be brick veneer and is capped with a modern interpretation of a traditional cornice line.
In the rear we have designed a simple, covered, porch off the kitchen: